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Grant eligibility is limited to the agency in each State designated as the primary driver licensing agency responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the CDL program is eligible to apply for grant funding.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA announces the availability of Commercial Drivers License Program Improvement (CDLPI) grant funding as authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). This act establishes a program for the improvement of the commercial drivers license (CDL) program. The program is a discretionary grant program funded by a single source. It provides funding for improving implementation of the States CDL program, including expenses for computer hardware and software, publications, testing, personnel, training, and quality control. Grant eligibility is limited to the agency in each State designated as the primary driver licensing agency responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the CDL program is eligible to apply for grant funding. Grants made under this program may not be used to rent, lease, or buy land or buildings. The Federal share of the funds is established by SAFETEA-LU as 100 percent. The grant period is in effect from the date the agreement is executed until September 30, 2008. FMCSA is implementing the FY2007 CDLPI with the goal of reducing the number and severity of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) crashes in the United States by ensuring commercial drivers involved in the transportation of freight and passengers are in compliance with all FMCSA regulatory requirements. To achieve this goal, FMCSA has established the following national priorities for the FY2007 CDLPI, which are designed to bring States into full compliance with Federal requirements and improve the effectiveness of their programs: . Improve compliance with Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 (CMVSA) and its amending legislation, including the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (MCSIA); . Improve the accuracy, speed, and completeness of driver history information exchanged among the various components of the system--including law enforcement, prosecutors, the courts, employers, and State driver licensing agencies--both within the State and between States; . Improve the accuracy and timely transfer of conviction information; . Update CDL knowledge and skills tests to ensure drivers of large trucks and buses possess the knowledge and skills necessary to operate those vehicles safely; . Improve the detection and prevention of fraudulent activities through better implementation of CDL program management control and oversight practices, including the covert monitoring and use of automated CDL knowledge testing systems; . Increase CDL outreach and training on the importance of proper adjudication and sanctioning to the judicial community; . Research, demonstration projects, public education, and other eligible activities and projects relating to commercial driver licensing and motor vehicle safety that the States find necessary to advance their CDL programs. . Design innovative initiatives to improve the licensing of commercial drivers and; . Improve the accuracy of data currently in drivers history databases. Data accuracy and completeness is critical to a States ability to comply with CMVSA and MCSIA, and improve the accuracy, speed, and completeness of driver history exchange including convictions and withdrawals. State Funding Eligibility Requirements. All States and the District of Columbia are eligible to receive CDLPI funds directly from FMCSA. The Secretary of Transportation may make a grant to a State under this section only if it complies with or is making a good faith effort toward substantial compliance with the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 31311. Additionally, the State must agree that the total expenditure of amounts of the State and political subdivisions of the State, exclusive of amounts from the United States, for carrying out the CDL program and related activities and projects will be maintained at a level at least equal to the average level of that expenditure by the State and political subdivisions of the State for the last 2 fiscal years of the State ending before August 10, 2005. Also, the State must meet the following six conditions to qualify for CDL program grant funds: . Assume responsibility for adopting and administering State safety laws and regulations that are compatible with the Federal CDL requirements (49 CFR parts 383 and 384); . Designate in its CDL priorities proposal the lead State CDL agency responsible for implementing the States CDL Program; . Attach to the proposal the aggregate expenditure of funds on CDL eligible activities showing that State expenditures for carrying out the CDL Programs and related activities and projects is maintained at a level at least equal to the average level of expenditures for the 2 Fiscal Years prior to August 10, 2005; . Prepare and submit to FMCSA quarterly performance and financial reports on project progress, status, and expenditures as well as a final report at the end of the project; . Adopt and use the reporting standards and forms required by FMCSA to record work activities performed under the CDLPI grant proposal; and . Coordinate the CDLPI grant proposal, data collection, and information systems with State Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) highway safety and judicial programs.
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Lloyd E. Goldsmith Transportation Specialist Phone 202-366-2964 firstname.lastname@example.org Lloyd Goldsmith